Spice up your taste buds with this chili recipe

Are you looking for a comforting and hearty dish to make on a cozy weekend? Look no further than my Sunday Chili recipe. This recipe is an essential for football Sundays or any lazy weekend when you want something warm and satisfying.

As a culinary explorer, I can assure you that chili is one of the most versatile dishes out there. There is no right or wrong way to make chili; everyone has their own unique spin on it. My Sunday Chili recipe has been perfected over the years and I guarantee that it won’t disappoint.

From the rich cumin and chili powder to the savory beef broth and beans, this recipe has all of the cozy spices and flavors that make chili a go-to comfort food recipe. So if you’re ready to cozy up with a bowl of homemade chili, let’s dive in!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sunday Chili
Sunday Chili

Imagine a piping hot bowl of deliciousness on a chilly weekend evening. The aroma of spices fills the air as you sit with a cozy blanket wrapped around yourself, watching the sunset through the window. What can be better than that? Introducing my Sunday Chili Recipe – a hearty, flavorful, and downright comforting dish that’s perfect for any occasion!

Whether it’s for game night, cozy weather weekends, or simply to fulfill your cravings, this recipe is sure to be a hit. I know you might think that chili recipes are all the same but trust me; this one is special. The perfect blend of chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper creates a one-of-a-kind flavor that’s sure to awaken your taste buds.

Not only is this dish incredibly satisfying, but it’s also easy to make. With some quick prep and about 40 minutes of cooking time, you’ll have a warm and fulfilling meal ready in no time! And the best part? You can make it ahead and store it for future meals or freeze it for another time.

This recipe is extremely versatile as well. You can add your leftover veggies or swap out kidney beans for pinto beans – the possibilities are endless! Plus, it’s made with lean ground beef so it’s a healthier option too!

So what are you waiting for? Try out my Sunday Chili Recipe today and believe me; you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

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Here is everything you need to make the best Sunday chili recipe:


  • 2 lbs lean ground beef

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 bell pepper, diced

  • 6 cups beef broth (or chicken broth)

  • 3 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes

  • 1 can (14.5 oz) crushed tomatoes

  • 1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (15 oz) chili beans, undrained

  • 1 beef bouillon cube


  • 3 tbsp chili powder

  • 2 tbsp cumin

  • 2 tsp oregano

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

  • Fresh ground pepper and salt to taste

Gather all of these ingredients and let’s get started on this hearty, flavorful chili recipe that will be perfect for your next football Sunday or cozy weekend essential.

The Recipe How-To


Step 1: Prep Your Ingredients

Before beginning your cooking adventure, the first thing you need to do is prep your ingredients. Start off by dicing 2lbs of lean ground beef, 4 cloves garlic minced or chopped, and one onion. Once prepped, set them aside.

Step 2: Get Cooking

Get a nice large pot and set it at medium-high heat. Heat up some olive oil, and sauté onions until they are translucent.

Next, add the diced garlic and stir for a few seconds before adding the ground beef mixture. Cook until browned while stirring occasionally.

Step 3: Spice It Up

Once your beef is fully cooked, add in the spices – 1/4 cup chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Mix well then sprinkle in some fresh ground pepper and salt. Set aside to get a nice salty flavor.

Step 4: Beans and Tomatoes

After spicing up our beef mixture, it’s time to add beans and tomatoes! Add in two cans of diced tomatoes drained (28 ounces), one can of crushed tomatoes (14-15 ounces), one can of kidney beans (15 ounces), one can of pinto beans (15 ounces) and one can of chili beans (15 ounces). Also, pour in two cubes of beef bouillon cubes with two cups of either water or chicken broth. Give all the ingredients a good mix to combine everything together nicely.

Step 5: Give it Some Time

Cover the pot with a lid and let the chili simmer for at least 30 minutes on low heat. The longer you let it simmer, the more that the flavors blend together nicely.

Step 6: And Voila!

Congratulations! You just made delicious Sunday Chili Recipe capable of satisfying even a hungry horde on Super Bowl Sunday. Serve it hot alongside some cornbread or crusty bread for an extra touch of comfort food goodness!

Substitutions and Variations

Variety is the spice of life, and this is true for your Sunday Chili recipe as well. Whether you want to switch things up, or if you have dietary restrictions, there are plenty of substitutions and variations to keep your taste buds on their toes. Here are some ideas to help you make this recipe your own:

– Vegetarian version: Swap out beef broth for vegetable broth and skip the meat altogether. Add more beans and some chopped vegetables like zucchini or bell peppers.

– Chicken chili: Substitute the ground beef for shredded chicken breast with chicken broth. It will create a different flavor profile that’s still delicious.

– Healthier option: Use lean turkey instead of beef to save calories in every serving.

– Spice level: If you want to increase or decrease the heat, adjust the amounts of each spice accordingly. Add more cayenne pepper or chili powder for extra kick but be careful not to make it too spicy.

– Bean varieties: Pinto beans, kidney beans, and chili beans can be switched around based on availability and preference. You could also try adding black beans for extra texture.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match ingredients until you find the perfect combination that suits your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to warm your soul with this hearty bowl of Sunday Chili!
Get ready to warm your soul with this hearty bowl of Sunday Chili!

Oh boy, it’s the moment of truth! Time to serve your Sunday Chili and impress your guests. This hearty recipe is perfect for a cozy night in or a big sports day gathering. I suggest serving it on its own in a big bowl so that everyone can customize their toppings. You can set up a chili bar with toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, diced onions, chopped jalapeños, and avocado chunks.

To balance out the richness of this dish, I recommend pairing it with refreshing sides like cornbread or a simple green salad with vinaigrette dressing. You can also serve some tortilla chips and guacamole as appetizers before bringing the main course to the table.

If you’re looking for some beverage pairing options, go for cold beers or hearty red wines like Syrah or Malbec. The carbonation in beer helps cut through the spiciness of the chili, while red wine complements the beefy flavors and adds a touch of sophistication to your meal.

Truthfully, this chili is such a tasty and filling dish that it doesn’t need much else to round out the meal. It’s perfect for those chilly autumn evenings or massive football match celebrations!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This chili simmers away until thick and flavorful enough to satisfy any appetite.
This chili simmers away until thick and flavorful enough to satisfy any appetite.

Now that you have your delicious Sunday Chili ready to serve, you may be wondering how to handle leftovers or prepare it in advance. Luckily, this recipe is perfect for making ahead, storing and reheating.

One of the best things about making chili is that it gets even better with time. You can prepare it up to three days in advance to let the flavors meld together, making it the perfect meal for busy weeknights or meal prepping. Simply let the chili cool down to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

If you’re planning on serving a large group of people, you can also make this recipe in a big batch and freeze it for later use, guaranteeing a cozy and hearty meal whenever you need it. Just be sure to only freeze fully cooked chili and never fill your containers too full as liquids tend to expand when frozen.

When reheating your chili, I would recommend using a pot on medium heat or reheating individual portions in the microwave for quick and easy meals throughout the week. If your chili seems too thick after reheating due to evaporation, then simply add beef broth, chicken broth, or water to adjust the consistency to what works best for you.

Keep in mind that as with most soups, stews and chilis, they tend to taste better as leftovers since the spices continue to develop flavor with time. You can enjoy this delicious chili recipe with your friends and family anytime, anywhere!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Look at all of these wonderful ingredients ready to be turned into a delicious pot of chili!
Look at all of these wonderful ingredients ready to be turned into a delicious pot of chili!

If you want your Sunday Chili Recipe to be the star of your football Sunday or cozy weather weekend essential, then follow these tips to achieve perfect results every time.

1. Brown the beef properly

First things first, browning the lean ground beef is crucial in achieving a rich and flavorful chili. Make sure that you cook it long enough so that all sides are nicely browned but not burned. Once done, set it aside while you sauté the onions and bell pepper to get a nice salty flavor.

2. Prep your ingredients ahead of time

Taking the time to prep ingredients such as garlic cloves, onion, beef bouillon cube, and tomato paste before starting to make the chili saves you from stress along the way. Instead of scrambling for the next ingredient, all you have to do is reach over and grab them one by one.

3. Balance spice with acidity

Spices are essential in any chili recipe; however, too much can overpower the other flavors. To balance this, I recommend using a blend of cayenne pepper, chili powder, oregano, cumin and fresh ground pepper in moderation. Furthermore, if your chili turns out too spicy, adding acidity with a dash of lime juice or apple cider vinegar will tone down the heat level.

4. Experiment with different types of beans

While traditional chili recipes use pinto beans, kidney beans or chili beans for their texture and heartiness, why not experiment with other types of beans? Black beans have a firmer texture and taste great in chili recipes. Chickpeas also have a nutty flavor that pairs well with spices.

5. Use a combination of tomatoes

For added depth of flavor and texture to your chili recipe, I suggest using a mixture of Mexican-style tomatoes (with green chilies or jalapeños), diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes (in puree). The combination provides depth in texture and tastes fantastic.

By following these tips for perfect results in making your Sunday Chili Recipe, you are sure to impress your friends and family on super bowl Sundays or when looking for something hearty on cozy weekends!


Before we conclude our chili adventure, let us tackle some of the Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs. These are some common queries that I have received as a culinary explorer for this recipe. Don’t worry, I will provide answers to these questions and clear any confusion that you might have regarding our Sunday Chili Recipe. So, let’s dig right in!

What is the secret to great chili?

Some unconventional ingredients can really take a dish to the next level. For example, cocoa powder might not be an obvious choice for a pot of chili, but its combination with peppers creates a perfectly balanced flavor. Similarly, why settle for water or stock when you can elevate your dish with the addition of beer? Another surprising ingredient that can add depth to your dishes is coffee. And, of course, cinnamon is more than just a spice for holiday desserts. Don’t hesitate to use it in your savory dishes for a warm and comforting flavor.

Why do Texans not put beans in chili?

Texans have a strong dislike towards including beans in their beloved chili recipe. This is primarily due to the belief that chili should be made without this ingredient as it is not a traditionally accepted addition to the dish. Their uncompromising stance on the inclusion of beans is a testament to their passion for crafting the perfect bowl of chili.

Do you use beef broth or chicken broth in chilli?

For those who prefer a chili recipe without beef broth, chicken broth can be a great alternative. Substituting chicken broth for beef broth is a simple and effective way to create a milder flavor in your chili. Additionally, chicken broth is a healthier option as it has low calorie and sodium levels similar to its beef counterpart. These features make it a great one-time substitution in a chili recipe.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Sunday Chili Recipe is simply the best option for a cozy weekend afternoon or a football Sunday gathering. Its savory and hearty aroma will fill your home with warmth and comfort, making it the perfect dish for any occasion. With its healthy ingredients and superfood beans, it’s not only delicious but also provides nutritions and energy to keep you going all day long. Whether you’re a fan of spicy or mild chili flavors, this recipe can be customized to suit your preferences easily.

It’s time to ditch those store-bought packaged chilis and try something special that you can brag about. Feed your friends, family, and loved ones with this mouth-watering chili recipe that will leave everyone asking for seconds. Plus, with its make-ahead feature, you can enjoy it again later throughout the week without having to worry about starting from scratch.

So what are you waiting for? Gather all your ingredients and start following the recipe how-to section step by step to achieve perfect results. You won’t be disappointed! Trust me; once you took a bite of this delicious homemade chili, you won’t settle for anything less ever again. Enjoy!

Sunday Chili

Sunday Chili Recipe

My football loving husband & friends love this chili while watching the games - it's worth the wait. I don't always measure the spices exactly,sometimes I add more chili powder & cayenne pepper. There's usually not leftovers, but it does freeze well.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 302.4 kcal


  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can Mexican-style tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chili beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans or (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 0.5 (3 ounce) can tomato paste


  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in garlic and onion when meat is no longer red; drain.
  • Stir crushed, Mexican and diced tomatoes in slow cooker. Add beef mixture and beef broth.
  • Add all seasonings & bouillon cube, cover and cook on low for 5 hours or more, or 4 hours on high.
  • If chili is too thin, add tomato paste as needed.
  • Serve with all the trimmings - shredded cheddar, Monterey jack cheese, low fat sour cream, minced onions and garlic bread.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 350gCalories: 302.4kcalCarbohydrates: 35.6gProtein: 24.2gFat: 8.1gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 44.3mgSodium: 852.7mgFiber: 9.1gSugar: 2.8g
Keyword Beans, Meat
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